It was an honor to be able to talk with the legendary Brandon Steiner about his entrepreneurial journey on today's episode! We covered topics that don't normally get covered in interviews with him. These questions give so much context to how he managed to buy the Yankee Stadium and create the sports empire he has.
Brandon's authenticity, core personal values and continual desire for growth definitely show through in our conversation.
I love bringing guests on the show who have a little age, wisdom, and experience on the rest of us. It sheds so much light and perspective on where we might be in our journey today and how we should view where we are.
A little about Brandon Steiner-
He is the CEO and Founder of Steiner Sports. Steiner began in 1987 with a one-room office, $4,000 and a single Mac computer. Today, Steiner Sports is the most successful memorabilia company of its kind with over $35 million in annual sales. Brandon's mindset has always been to be fearless – that mentality has helped him secure partnerships with the most elite names in sports; Derek Jeter, Eli Manning, Odell Beckham Jr., Chris Paul and the New York Yankees among others. Brandon is also the bestselling author of "You Gotta Have Balls" and "The Business Playbook."
Jay Wong is a serial entrepreneur, business advisor, real estate investor and host of The Inner Changemaker; rated #1 Self-Help Podcast on iTunes.
Jay’s mission is to create empowering media that summarizes all of these great lessons covered in on his show by other successful Changemakers, in hopes that these combined journeys will help business owners grow their business through online marketing and elevating their leadership.
With interviews from game-changing entrepreneurs such as Bob Proctor (The Secret (movie)) Sean Stephenson (American Therapist and top Motivational Speaker) Grant Cardone (Multi-millionaire and real estate guru) and many other prominent names around the world, it's no surprise that his podcast has risen on top of the podcasting charts and is actively listened to in 123+ countries.
I'm LOVING all of the branding experts that we've been having on the show lately! I feel like you can never know enough about how to craft your BEST personal brand.
So, in today's episode that's exactly what Brodie Pierson and I chat about.
Fun fact about Brodie: Not only is he an international leader in Personal Brand Photography, but he also travels around the world helping people build their personal brand.
Talk about molding your business around the lifestyle you want to live!
I had so much fun on this episode! There was definitely a lot of laughing too, which I'm all about.
Like I said, Brodie is an international leader in Personal Brand Photography. He empowers entrepreneurs to seamlessly craft an irresistible brand that will standout online. At the age of 20, he has traveled to Florence, Paris 2x, Miami, Hawaii 2x, Chicago, and Mallorca working with over 50 entrepreneurs he attracted through Facebook and Instagram. He has crafted personal brands for entrepreneurs in the Forbes, Thrive Global, HuffPost, TEDX Speakers, and #1 International Best Selling Authors.
Sunny is an executive design strategist who has crafted intelligent design systems for the earliest of startups to some of the top Fortune companies: Bosch, Coca-Cola, LG, IBM, SAS, Lowe's, to name a few. His work in design-driven innovation and strategy has been recognized for over 25 awards and honors. Sunny's main goal is to help companies challenge the status quo and realize extraordinary new products and experiences!
Tance Hughes, who was recently named on the 2018 Forbes 30 under 30 list, founded Southern Designs at 17-years old as a printing business for things like t-shirts, business cards, signs, etc. Five years into the journey, him and his team pivoted the business to a manufacturing model where they sell personalized metal wall decor and signs. After the pivot, they went from $430,000 in revenue to $3.8 million in a two-year span. They are already leaders in their category and are now focusing on diversifying their product offerings and building brand awareness as they head to the next level. They made the 2017 Inc. 5000 at #558 and have secured deals with brands like Walmart, Wayfair, Amazon and others.
Adi Arezzini is the Co-Founder & CEO of Teami Blends, an All Natural Loose Leaf Tea Company based in Tampa Bay, Florida. Adi started her business literally from her bedroom, just 4 years ago. In that time she has created a strong brand name and online presence, dominating the social media and digital world. Teami has grown to over 35 employees and has moved into a 10,000 Sq Ft. HQ location in order to continue its’ expansion. Adi is an expert at creating a social media presence (Teami has over 448K followers on Instagram!) and knows what it takes to build a "cult following” online.
Since growing up lost, numb, and disconnected, hitting rock bottom, and winding up in a VERY scary place years ago, Chris Burns has hired numerous coaches and invested well over 10,000 hours into the fields of communication, business, and leadership. Now, Chris coaches entrepreneurs and high-achievers to develop a fiery, unstoppable mindset, take courageous, confident, and consistent action, and create MASSIVE impact in the world. He’s spoken at 90+ live events across the United States, to rooms of more than 250 people, and in the last 8 months, Chris has interviewed over 150 inspirational role models, influencers and leaders on his weekly, 12-hours-straight live-streamed podcast called Becoming Your Greatest Possible Self.
Jarrod is the founder and host of the Success 101 podcast where his goal is to help others find a way to live more optimal through new concepts and ideas, that can be accomplished without experiencing burnout, fatigue, and an unproductive mindset. This podcast was born out of Jarrod's own personal experience of hitting burnout and fatigue both mentally and physically from running a full-time financial planning practice for several years coaching and developing other financial advisers, and still trying to find time for his wife and 3 kids at home. His hope is that the strategies discussed on the Success 101 podcast will help you to live a life of maximum potential, and allow you to crush your personal and professional goals like never before.
Kyle Hayungs is a serial entrepreneur currently running 5 businesses. Though from a loving family, Kyle had a troubled youth which ultimately resulted in 17 arrests in high school. By the time he was in college, Kyle had already spent two years in federal prison.
After his release, Kyle turned his life around. Not able to find a job, he started Onsite ATM Solutions which now generates $50,000 per month in passive income. When starting out, Kyle couldn't afford business cards and thus started his own printing company MRG Print, still in operation to this day.
For Kyle, it’s important that everything he ties himself to is deeply in line with his purpose. Due to his prison stint, it made him value so much more the ability to take actions that count. Kyle also runs a non-profit in addition to being a co-found in the Athletic Gaines gym franchise. Kyle’s story shows even in the face of adversity, anything is possible.
Rachel is an Instagram influencer and co-founder of Trill Media, an Instagram marketing agency focused on helping brands grow a large, 100% organic following so that they can boost influence and go viral. Rachel has used these tactics to form partnerships with other influencers, create a network of over 200 million users, and amassed a total following of over 600,000 across different accounts. Based in San Diego, she now consults with brands to grow their audience on Instagram.
Robert Harary began his career at 16 years old as Director of Social Media Marketing for Research Frontiers. At 17 he was promoted by the Board of Directors to serve as Director of Market Development - the youngest person in the company's history to hold such position. Here, he was directly responsible for developing two advertisements featured in Times Square and played an integral role in bringing the company's technology out to the USA Pavilion at the Milan World's Fair. At 18, Robert left Research Frontiers to become one of the youngest angel group managers in the country through his angel group, GlassHorse Ventures. Robert sits on the advisory board for Silicon Valley companies alongside Guy Kawasaki and Leonardo DiCaprio.
Today, Robert is building OneH - OneH connects startups with investors from around the world based on what they have in common. They've built out a collection of different matching and machine learning algorithms that learn investor interest, analyze deals and share them with relevant investors.
Laila Alawa is the Founder and CEO of The Tempest, the fastest-growing media company changing the narrative of diverse millennial women in the world. The Tempest has helped connect millions of people with over a thousand female thought leaders on every issue. She recently presented on her work through a TEDx Talk around the disruption of media and the world. Prior to founding the company, Laila worked at the White House and Congress. Since founding The Tempest, Laila has been quoted in nationwide outlets like The New York Times, The Guardian, and CNN Money as a disruptive force in media.
Tori Bolt is the co-founder of Bolt Farm Treehouse, a luxury eco-friendly Airbnb in South Carolina. Tori runs the social media pages, coordinates all media coverage/features and is championing the company's new, exciting projects. Tori also has a passion for fitness and started coaching women in 2015 through a 24 day challenge which has evolved to a group of 250 women! Her most recent area of interest is public speaking. She spoke at the UTA leadership conference earlier this year and is speaking at Fearless Magazine's "Fearless Reloaded" conference in November.
Jasmine Star dropped out of law school, picked up a camera and pursued her dreams, later being named one of the top photographers in the world. She built a worldwide brand from scratch and leveraged social media marketing to build a six-figure business in her first year. Jasmine amassed hundreds of thousands of followers through her online educational efforts, and empowers entrepreneurs to build a brand and market it on social media.
At 21-year-old, Kieran Mathew is a leading youth marketer and entrepreneur featured in Forbes, Inc, Entrepreneur, Huff Post and many more. He's the Founder of Amplify Solutions, one of Canada's fastest growing marketing firms. Kieran built the brand from a one-man shop to a national organization with over 60 employees in just 9 months.
Kieran is currently heading up Gifty- the simplest way to create and transfer value. Gifty is a simple, SMS/IM tool that enables consumers and vendors to send beer, coffee, tea and other treats to their peers in just a few seconds. Gifty was recently voted one of Calgary's Top 10 Startups.
Hope Brookins is a go-to personal branding and publicity strategist who helps high-achieving and highly-talented ambitious entrepreneurs finally get the attention, accolades, and adoration they deserve from the right people, prospects, and press.
By the time she was 19, Hope had worked for Bill Clinton, 14 U.S. Congressmen and politicians at every level of state politics. Leveraging her experience in politics, Hope strategically turned to positioning entrepreneurs through branding before taking on the ultimate experience of positioning her own family (we will get into that story later).
Hope's purpose through her business is to help people turn themselves and their ideas into polished and positioned brands so that the perception others have about them actually matches the value they offer the world.
Alex is a 23-year-old TEDx speaker, influencer, and CEO from south Florida called by a deeper purpose to help shift minds of millennials and young entrepreneurs to embrace their deeper calling in life. Alex dropped out of college when he was twenty to pursue a career in speaking and build his own company at twenty-two based around social media. Since the start of his speaking career, he has now reached over 100M viewers with his brand (@alexthespeaker). He continues to grow and find inspiration from his mentors such as Sean Stephenson, Barbara Glanz, and Tony Robbins.
At 19-years-old, Marc Guberti is an 18-time author that has interviewed hundreds of influencers through his Breakthrough Success Podcast and Content Marketing Success Summit. Marc has educated hundreds of thousands of business owners on how they can dominate the digital world. As a result of his success at such a young age, Marc has been featured in many publications among which include The Huffington Post and SUCCESS Magazine.
Featured in Forbes, Inc, Entrepreneur, TEDx, Westchester Magazine, FOX, and more, Dylan Gambardella is a 21-year-old Duke University undergrad student, speaker, and entrepreneur. Named a Wunderkind and Melissa & Doug Scholar, Dylan aims to support innovation by providing the resources young entrepreneurs need to change the world.
Before graduating as a valedictorian from high school, Dylan co-founded Students4Students, a college advisory firm that has helped over 70 students across three continents gain admission to their dream schools.
His current project, Next Gen, is the premier community and conference for young entrepreneurs. Next Gen's mission is to instill in young people the belief that they control their futures and that they can direct their careers and lives in ways that are most meaningful to them.
Tyler Tashiro is a 23-Year-Old Entrepreneur and Podcaster from Southern California. At the age of 18, he started his first business (in the affiliate space) while the rest of his friends went off to college.
Within 6 months, he cracked into the top 25 income earners in a company of over 100,000 affiliates (producing well over $150k/mo in revenue).
Shortly after that, he partnered with Mark Hoverson ( an 8-Figure Internet Marketer) and has co-created 3 companies with him since. Tyler is also the founder and host of The Rising Entrepreneur Podcast, where he and his partner interview the top up-and-coming entrepreneurs in the world.
In the past 5 years of Tyler’s entrepreneurial journey, he’s closed millions of dollars in sales and has spoken on stages across the country in front of hundreds and thousands of people.
His main vision is to share his passion for living life on your own terms and maximizing your human potential in whatever you do.
Eli is the co-founder of The Coding Space, an after school program in New York City that teaches kids how to code. Eli started his company right out of college and they now teach 300 students per week and have 30 part-time and full-time employees. Prior to starting The Coding Space, Eli worked at both Mozilla Firefox and Remind.com. He is also passionate about helping entrepreneurs start their own companies and co-founded the Summer Founders Program, an accelerator program that awards students with $10,000 to work on their ideas.